Product Resources

July 1, 2012

Product Resources

Long-path gas cells

PIKE's long-path IR gas cells are designed for analysis of air contaminants, pure gases, and gas mixtures. According to the company, the fixed-path cells range from 2.4 m to 20 m, and the variable model can be adjusted from 1 m to 16 m. All of the cells reportedly mount rigidly to the baseplate of an FT-IR spectrometer. PIKE Technologies, Madison, WI;

Detector array sensor

Andor's iDus InGaAs detector array series is designed for spectroscopy applications at wavelengths up to 2.2 µm. According to the company, the instrument is capable of cooling to -90 °C without liquid nitrogen, and providing wavelength coverage from 600 nm to 17 µm and 800 nm to 2.2 µm. Andor Technology, South Windsor, CT;

Coated filters

Coated filters from Optometrics are designed with ion-assisted deposition of refractory oxides and soft-coated filter capabilities. According to the company, the coatings remain stable and survive 300 °C for long periods of time. Applications reportedly include fluorescence, analytical instrumentation, laser techniques, environmental monitoring, and imaging systems. Optometrics, Ayer, MA;

Raman analyzers

The ProRaman-L series Raman spectrometers from Enwave Optronics are designed to provide measurement capability down to low parts-per-million levels. According to the company, the instruments are suitable for process analytical method developments and other measurements requiring high sensitivity and high speed analysis. Enwave Optronics, Inc., Irvine, CA;

Miniature spectrometer

B&W Tek's Exemplar miniature spectrometer features on-board data processing that includes averaging, smoothing, and automatic dark subtraction. According to the company, the instrument provides data transfer of 900 spectra/s, trigger delay of 14 ns, and gate jitter of ±1 ns. B&W Tek, Newark, DE;

Potassium bromide windows

Edmund Optics' potassium bromide windows are designed for FT-IR spectroscopy. The windows reportedly provide transmission from 250 nm to 26 µm with an index of refraction of 1.46–1.59 over that range. According to the company, the windows can be cleaved and used at temperatures up to 300 °C. Edmund Optics, Barrington, NJ;

XRD and XRF sample preparation

The McCrone Micronising mill from Glen Creston is designed to reduce solid samples to micrometer sizes suitable for X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, infrared spectroscopy, and atomic absorption analysis. According to the company, the mill's cylinder-grinding action produces linear contact blows and planar shearing, resulting in a short grinding time with little sample loss, even particle size distribution, and minimal crystal lattice disturbance. McCrone, London, England;

ICP sample uptake monitor

The TruFlo sample uptake monitor from Glass Expansion is designed to measure and digitally display the sample flow rate to an ICP-OES or ICP-MS nebulizer. According to the company, the monitor can be programmed to sound an alarm when deviation from specified flow rates occurs. Glass Expansion, Pocasset, MA;

Fluorescence spectroscopy systems

Horiba Scientific has incorporated the SuperK Extreme white-light lasers from NJT Photonics A/S into its spectrofluorometers, and the combined product is available as a fully supported system. According to the company, the laser provides high intensity and a broad wavelength range. Horiba Scientific, Edison, NJ;

X-ray source

The 50 kV Ultralite monoblock X-ray source from Moxtek is designed for use with a variety of applications including handheld, portable, and benchtop instrumentation. According to the company, the device provides a high and stable X-ray output, a short sampling time, and a submillimeter spot size. Moxtek, Orem, UT;

Elemental analysis of clay

An application note from Rigaku describes the use of the company's NEX QC energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence analyzer for analysis during the QA/QC process in the production of clay-based products. According to the publication, the analyzer's filtered direct excitation design enabled the effective analysis of titanium and iron in kaolin clay. Applied Rigaku Technologies, Austin, TX;

Performance validation software

An application note from Shimadzu describes how the company's performance validation software conforms to testing stipulated by the Japanese Pharmacopoeia, European Pharmacopoeia, and US Pharmacopeia, and provides an example of instrument validation. Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc., Columbia, MD;

Hyperspectral imager

Bodkin Design & Engineering's VNIR-90 hyperspectral imager is designed with an optical processor and can be mounted on a moving platform, handheld, or used to capture transient events or moving objects. According to the company, the imager captures the full hyperspectral data cube in each video frame simultaneously. Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC, Newton, MA;

ICP-MS system

Thermo Fisher Scientific's iCAP Q ICP-MS system is designed to provide increased throughput to enable laboratories to cut analysis times by up to 50%. According to the company, the system features an interface that enables one-click setup and allows users to go from standby to performance-qualified analysis with the push of a button. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., San Jose, CA;

Inorganic materials database

The PDF-4+ 2012 database from ICDD provides material coverage for inorganic materials. According to the company, the database features 328,660 660 entries with digital patterns for use in total pattern analysis; 232,376 entries with I/Ic values for quantitative analysis by reference intensity ratio; and 217,142 entries that either have atomic coordinates or are cross-referenced to structures with atomic coordinates for quantitative analysis by the Rietveld method. International Centre for Diffraction Data, Newtown Square, PA;

Thermal analysis transfer line

PerkinElmer's TL-9000 transfer line is designed to enable users to perform thermogravimetric analysis and both FT-IR and either MS or GC–MS on the same evolved gas analysis sample. According to the company, the transfer line allows for a view of the temperature of evolution, the appearance of structural bands in FT-IR, and the analysis of low levels of organics in GC–MS by various trapping techniques all in one run. PerkinElmer, Inc., Waltham, MA;

XRF kit

Amptek's XRF Kit is designed to help users begin performing elemental analysis via X-ray fluorescence. According to the company, the kit includes the company's X-123 complete spectrometer with an SDD or Si-PIN detector; a mini-X USB controlled X-ray tube; XRF-FP QA software; a mounting plate; and a test sample. Amptek Inc., Bedford, MA;

ICP-MS standards

Single-element 1-ppm standards from Spex CertiPrep are intended for use in ICP-MS analysis. The company reportedly is accredited by UL DQS for ISO 9001 and by A2LA for ISO 17025 and ISO Guide 34. Spex CertiPrep, Metuchen, NJ;

Mercury analyzer

The QuickTrace M-7600 mercury analyzer from CETAC Technologies is designed with TCP–IP communications that are preconfigured per laboratory preferences. According to the company, the analyzer is designed for ultratrace to sub-parts-per-million mercury quantitation and is capable of switching between low parts-per-million and parts-per-trillion analysis without hardware or tubing configuration changes. CETAC Technologies, Omaha, NE;

ICP-MS system

The Agilent 8800 triple-quadrupole ICP-MS system is designed to provide improved performance compared with single-quadrupole ICP-MS and to provide MS-MS operation for interference removal in reaction mode. According to the company, the system can be used to analyze elements in life-science, soil, rock, and plant materials. The system reportedly also can be set up to operate like a single-quadrupole ICP-MS system. Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, CA;

Raman spectrometers

BaySpec's high-throughput f/2 Raman spectrometers feature volume phase gratings that are designed to be customizable to any wavelength range. According to the company, all spectrographs are dispersive nonscanning and all points along the spectrum are obtained simultaneously. Detectors reportedly are optimally cooled to -55 °C for low light sensitivity. BaySpec, Inc., San Jose, CA;

FT-IR microscope

The Lumos stand-alone FT-IR microscope from Bruker Optics is designed for visible inspection and infrared spectral analysis. According to the company, all internal moveable components are motorized and the instrument's software guides operate stepwise through the process of data acquisition. Bruker Optics, Billerica, MA;

Cuvette holders

Mightex's cuvette holders are designed to accept a standard 10-mm pathlength cuvette for liquid or powder samples. According to the company, SMA-terminated optical fibers are used to couple light sources and spectrometers to the device, which is compatible with the company's fiber-coupled LED sources, spectrometers, and other light sources or spectrometers with SMA termination. Mightex, Pleasanton, CA;

Spark atomic emission spectrometer

The OBLF GS 1000-II spark atomic emission spectrometer from PANalytical includes a spark stand design that incorporates two counter electrodes. The design reportedly reduces total analysis time versus single-electrode spectrometers. According to the company, the instrument is capable of performing a two-measurement analysis of ferrous samples in 25 s. Samples requiring only standard carbon analysis and no nitrogen reportedly have an analysis time of 15 s. PANalytical, Westborough, MA;